17 mai 2014

Missing Rhetoric

HomeBy John Churchill. Reporting on the Senate's confirmation of Theodore Mitchell as the U.S. Department of Education's chief higher education official, Inside Higher Ed quoted a statement from Secretary of Education: “He will lead us through this important time in higher education as we continue to work toward the President’s goal to produce the best-educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020.” While this brief remark is hardly a major policy statement, its tone and focus are typical of the way Secretary Duncan, President Obama, and many others in politics these days talk about higher education. Read more...

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Nearing the Bottom

HomeBy Paul Fain. The decline in overall college enrollment has slowed this spring, according to new data the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today. And some details are emerging about the groups of students who are less likely to attend college in declining sectors. Read more...

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Niche programs proliferate at business schools

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Natalie Samson. Golf, mining, and fine arts are the focus of new graduate programs.
At a conservative estimate, there are about 15,000 students enrolled in MBA programs at 40 business schools in Canada. With total fees for Canadian students reaching $90,000 for some programs, graduate-level business education can be, well, big business for universities and a big investment for students. If the number of people taking the GMAT – a prerequisite for admission to most graduate business programs -- in Canada is any indication, it’s an investment more and more Canadians are willing to make. More...

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Disrupting Colonial Mindsets: The Power of Learning Networks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Disrupting Colonial Mindsets: The Power of Learning Networks
Catherine McGregor, In Education.

This paper offers an example of "how one particular teacher-learning network—the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) in British Columbia, Canada, offers a powerful example of how teacher learning networks can enable deep and transformational change among participating teachers and leaders." It merges the concept of the community of practice with the need for non-hierarchal and inclusive leadership. More...

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15 mai 2014

The misguided attack on arts and science degrees

By Don Tapscott. It’s wrong for governments to shift funding to more practical trades or technical colleges, away from universities. We need both.
A dangerous and growing urban myth in Canada is that university students enrolled in liberal arts and science programs are acquiring skills employers don’t need. This is bogus. More...

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First Nations leaders ready to play hardball on education reform

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Kathryn Blaze Carlson and Gloria Galloway. First Nations leaders are moving to reject the Conservatives' on-reserve education bill and open new talks with the government, pressing ahead with a vision that challenges the powers of the leaderless Assembly of First Nations executive and confronts Ottawa anew. A rare meeting of the AFN Confederacy of Nations – the first such population-based gathering of First Nations leaders in a decade – passed a resolution on Wednesday that rejects the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act and calls for a Confederacy committee to enter into discussions with the federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister on an education “accord.” More...

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14 mai 2014

Will OISE’s Master of Teaching degree help?

By . The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) recently announced plans to nix their Bachelor of Education program in favour of expanded Master of Teaching and Master of Arts in Child Study and Education degrees.
Beginning in 2015, incoming education students will be able to “undertake advanced study in the educational sciences and at the same time meet the requirements for licensure to teach in Ontario”, essentially graduating from OISE with both a teaching and a master’s degree. More...

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13 mai 2014

Degree rise at N.S. universities tied to overseas students

The Chronicle HeraldBy Davene Jeffrey. It’s no surprise that the number of degrees granted by Nova Scotia universities is on the rise, thanks to an influx of international students, says a Cape Breton University vice-president.
The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission announced Monday that universities in the region granted over 15,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates in 2012, stopping a downward trend. The report said the number of credentials granted had been decreasing from a peak achieved five years ago. More...

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12 mai 2014

State requests increase in higher education funding

By Alex Rosenthal. For the first time since the recession, Florida universities will potentially see an increase in state funding this upcoming year, a year many are calling a victory for education.
“It was probably one of, if not the best year ever, for the university system,” Mark Walsh, USF Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, said. More...

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Why Canada has a serious data deficit

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Barrie McKenna. Canada has a serious data deficit. And the dearth of facts threatens to cause a host of policy mistakes, affecting everything from who gets unemployment benefits, to where governments spend their limited training dollars and whether employers can import foreign workers. More...

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